Where to Buy Needlepoint Rugs: 9 Top Sources and 17 Decorating Tips

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A new generation of interior designers is discovering the allure of needlepoint rugs at a time when these rugs are no longer being made. Most of the needlepoint workshops in China-where 99% of needlepoint rugs were made - have shut down due to skyrocketing wages brought about by rapid industrialization which has drawn workers to higher paying manufacturing jobs. Back in the late 1980's when I first started making needlepoint rugs in China, I was amazed by the quality of the artists and artisans we were able to recruit. These young men and women freshly out of art school possessed unbelievably sensitive eyes for color and design. Now with China no longer making these rugs there are only two specialist importers remaining who have needlepoint rugs because they have retained inventory from before the factories shut down. They are Asmara and Stark Carpet. An additional seven dealers offer antique needlepoint rugs. All 9 top sources of needlepoint rugs are listed at the end of this post. Here are 17 tips for decorating with needlepoint rugs.         Read More

31 Tips to Make a Large Room Stylish and Cozy with Large Rugs

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A large living room is great for hosting big parties but huge spaces present special decorating challenges of their own. Since you won't be entertaining every day you want to plan for how you will use the room for day to day living. Today's 31 decorating tips will help you make a large space stylish and cozy and enhance it with large rugs. Read More

Needlepoint Rugs Bring a Sense of History: 5 Chic Interiors

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If you desire to create a space in your home that breathes an air of history, needlepoint rugs are an excellent place to start. Many historic interiors you’re familiar with feature hand-stitched needlepoint rugs. When made with high-quality, lanolin-rich wool, needlepoint rugs are easy to care for and definitely made to last. Read More

Glamorize Boring Rooms with Chic Geometric Rugs

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What can geometric rugs do for pretty but bland rooms? Have you ever been in a room that was undeniably beautiful, successfully hitting most of the "rules" of design, but that was still missing that special something? You know it would be perfect if it had that one special ingredient that would give it "oomph?" Think of geometric rugs as special ingredients for pretty but plain rooms. Read More

How to Design Stylish Rooms in Blue with Needlepoint Rugs: 12 Tips

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In previous blog posts I have advised that a major quality to look for in a needlepoint rug is it's design flexibility. One of the virtues of good art, and a good needlepoint rug is a work of art, is that it never goes out of style. Another major quality of good art is that it works in many different settings and with many decorating styles. For today's blog post we will look at a blue and white needlepoint rug that was used to create two very different, yet equally stunning and original rooms by two highly original and talented decorators. Each room offers valuable decorating lessons. Read More

How to Add Modern Vibe to Traditional Decor with Savonnerie Carpets

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If you like the English country house style, but would like to give it a modern and fresh feel, there is no better place to start than with a Savonnerie carpet with modern English floral patterns in clear, fresh colors. These modern, English Style Savonnerie carpets are nothing like the ornate 18th and 19th French Savonnerie carpets you associate more with the Palace of Versailles than in modern living rooms. The fresh, clear colors, and younger aesthetic of the modern Savonnerie carpets are the perfect way to give a modern feel to the English country house style. In today's post we will learn how great interior designers decorate with Savonnerie carpets in the modern English country house style. Read More

What Size Decorative Rug is Best for Living Rooms: 10 Tips

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When homeowners are reluctant to cover up too much of a nice wood or marble floor with a rug, they can make the mistake of buying a decorative that is too small. This has the effect of making the living room or dining room look smaller. We asked three leading interior designers how they determine what is the right size decorative rug for living rooms, open plan rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms. Here are their answers. Read More

17 Chic Rooms: How to Decorate with Geometric Rugs, Decorative Rugs

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The 17 interiors below are not only exceptionall beauiful, they will help you visualize the 7 tips for decorating with geometric rugs. Read More